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Albury Park

  • Earlier Houses: An earlier house on the site was destroyed by fire in 1697 and replaced by the current house, which incorporates part of the older house's cellars.

    House & Family History: In 1763 George III held his coronation ball in Albury Park's great room, today the library. In 1819 the Albury Estate was purchased by the banker Henry Drummond, who, between 1846 and 1852, commissioned A.W.N. Pugin (possibly with the assistance of his son) to remodel and redesign the house in the Victorian Tudor-Gothic style, including the addition of 63 individually-designed chimneys. In 1890, after the death of Drummond's daughter, the estate passed to the family of the dukes of Northumberland (Drummond's daughter had married into the family). Albury Park was leased to the Mutual Households Association after World War II; after they vacated it was unoccupied throughout the 1960s; in 1969 the house was sold to the forerunner of the Country Houses Association, a retirement community that financially collapsed circa 2002. In May 2004 Albury was purchased by Nigel and Jennifer Whalley, who significantly refurbished the house and redeveloped it into 12 luxury flats.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: John Evelyn, who created the park for the 6th Duke of Norfolk in the late 17th century, built a Nymphaeum with a half-moon pond, a Roman-style bath house, canals, cascades, and bridges. There is also a pair of parallel terraces, each retained by red brick walls and lavender hedges. The 150-acre estate remains in the ownership of the Duke of Northumberland.

    Chapel & Church: St. Paul’s Church, which was used for the filming of "Four Weddings and a Funeral," is on the estate.

  • Architect: John Evelyn

    Date: 1655-77
    Designed: Grounds

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    Architect: John Evelyn

    Date: 1697
    Designed: Rebuilt house together with his brother George

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    Architect: John Soane

    Date: 1800
    Designed: Extended and redesigned House for Samuel Thornton, including cantilevered Stairway, Library, and Drawing Room.

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    Architect: George Hakewill

    Date: Early 19th century
    Designed: Partly Gothicized House

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    Architect: Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin

    Date: 1846-52
    Designed: Remodeled House, possibly with the assistance of his son.

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    Architect: Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin

    Date: 1846
    Designed: Cottages orné

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  • John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. II, p. 85, 1853.

    John Preston (J.P.) Neale, published under the title of Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, among other titles: 2.S. Vol. III, 1826.

    Country Life: CVIII, 598, 674, 1950.

  • Title: Walford's County Families of the United Kingdom, 1914
    Author: NA
    Year Published: 1914
    Reference: pg. 900
    Publisher: London: Spottiswoode & Co.
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: England's Lost Houses From the Archives of Country Life
    Author: Worsley, Giles
    Year Published: 2002
    Reference: pg. 9
    Publisher: London: Aurum Press
    ISBN: 1854108204
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Country Life (magazine)
    Author: NA
    Year Published: NA
    Reference: Jul 4, 2002, pg. 92
    Publisher: London: Future plc
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Magazine

    Title: Disintegration of a Heritage: Country Houses and their Collections, 1979-1992, The
    Author: Sayer, Michael
    Year Published: 1993
    Publisher: Norfolk: Michael Russell (Publishing)
    ISBN: 0859551970
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade II*

    Park Listed: Grade I

  • "Four Weddings and a Funeral" (1994 - for the third wedding, of Carrie and Hamish, in Perthshire). "Britain's Next Top Model" (2005 - TV series). "Fear, Stress and Anger" (2007 - TV comedy series). "The Destiny of Britain" (2007 - TV historical drama). "Country House Rescue" (2008 - TV documentary, episode 1.4). "Midsomer Murders" (2011 - TV series, as Great Worthy School in the episode "Echoes of the Dead").
  • Past Seat / Home of: Henry Howard, 6th Duke of Norfolk, mid-17th century. Heneage Finch, 1st Earl of Aylesford, late 17th century. Samuel Thornton, early 19th century. Henry Drummond, 19th century; Drummond family here from 1819 until 1890. Algernon George Percy, 6th Duke of Northumberland, 19th century; Percy family here from 1890 until 1969.

    Current Ownership Type: Flat Owners Company / Condo Association

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Flats / Multi Family

  • House Open to Public: No

    Phone: 01483-202-964

    Historic Houses Member: No